May 21st – 27th is International Thyroid Awareness Week 2018

Click here to listen to a reading of this blog:


The Thyroid Books You Need: "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism". Get them on Amazon now!

This post may contain affiliate links, to find out more information, please read my disclosure statement.

International Thyroid Awareness Week 2018 begins on May 21st and continues through to May 27th.

Theo The Thyroid Plushie

The week-long event all over the world is great for raising awareness of thyroid conditions, both how it affects those of us with it, but also the signs and symptoms to get more people diagnosed sooner, instead of living poor quality of lives unnecessarily.

It’s important to know that although thyroid disease isn’t well recognised generally:

So could this include you or a friend or family member? 

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism Include:

And Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism Include:

  • Increased sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Oversentivity to heat
  • Palpitations
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Dry, thin skin
  • Hair loss
  • Shakiness/trembling
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Larger eyes
  • Mood changes
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry or gritty eyes
  • Double vision
  • Weak, less define muscles
  • Aches and pains
  • Changes to menstrual cycle
  • Infertility or problems conceiving

If you believe it could be possible that you have a thyroid issue, please make an appointment with your doctor and have them run a full thyroid panel. Your doctor may wish to just run the TSH test first, but it is important to know that this isn’t totally accurate on its own and the other components of the panel also need checking, especially if TSH comes back ‘normal’.

If your doctor won’t test you for a thyroid condition but you believe you may have one, or if they won’t run all the tests you need, you can explore ordering your own from online lab services. Medichecks is a popular place in the UK, where you can order the all important thyroid function testReverse T3 testing and thyroid antibodies to check for autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s).

LetsGetChecked cover most countries, and offer the thyroid function testHashimoto’s testing and many more, all from the comfort of your own home.

Once on treatment, obtaining optimal levels instead of just being ‘in range’ is important, as well as checking thyroid antibodies to check if the condition is autoimmune. It is for around 90% of us and can affect your treatment to get you back to feeling well again. [1]

It is also important to note that having Hashimoto’s can cause results to move up and down as if you’re changing from hypo to hyper, or back and fourth between normal and abnormal. You could also be told you are only borderline’ hypothyroid, and it is important to know what this entails for you.

If you’ve just been diagnosed, check out these common FAQ’s and answers.

For those of us already diagnosed, we can gain awareness this week about how to check our thyroid glands regularly for any abnormalities, what vitamins may help us and what tests we need to ensure our doctors are doing on us. We should also be aware of what results we are looking for.

For many thyroid patients, they are also still living with lingering symptoms, despite being on treatment for their condition (I’m mainly speaking to hypothyroidism patients here) so delving deeper in to why is something you can do this month. You can live a good quality life with hypothyroidism.

We can also share any resources we’ve found to be helpful, for example, I would suggest all hypothyroid patients to check out the organisations listed here.

There is also an online thyroid course which you can complete from your own home and computer. Freedom From Thyroid Fatigue helps you tackle low energy with a personalised approach. 

Some helpful materials you can use to spread awareness:

A Letter: To Family and Friends of those suffering with Graves Disease

An Open Letter to Friends, Family, Work Colleagues and Doctors of Those with an Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism.

Will you be joining us in spreading awareness?

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate Book CoverSee also:

The book Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tiredwhich helps you to reclaim your thyroid healthy life.

References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3066320

If you found this article beneficial, please take a moment to share it so we can help others get better with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, whilst also raising awareness. "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate."

Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Newsletter
Sign up to The Invisible Hypothyroidism's newsletter

You'll get an easy to digest, relevant round up of thyroid news, advice and support to get you feeling better, once every two weeks.

Don’t stay feeling rubbish. Get better.
Social
Get real, helpful advice directly from another thyroid patient. Me!

Give my Facebook page a like, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest.

Community
Join My Facebook Support Group for patients

Join My Facebook Support Group for patients Thyroid Family: Hypothyroidism Advice & Support Group


2 thoughts on “May 21st – 27th is International Thyroid Awareness Week 2018

  1. Love this! I hope that those who are struggling from thyroid diseases like us, find comfort in sharing their stories and raising awareness themselves this week.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.